Elvira Bakes is the annual event named after my sourdough starter. It’s a fun opportunity to get introduced to sourdough baking, run in a baking contest, or simply socialize over dinner with other lovers of good homemade food. Eater or home-baker, you don’t need to pick sides! There’s enough of food and fun for everyone. As a home baker and sourdough enthusiast, join the contest to get feedback on your creations and get the chance to win one of the three prizes available. If you’d like to try sourdough baking, come get your batch of sourdough starter and free advice! If you’re just after good homemade food and good company, join us to taste the creations of home bakers, and cast your vote while enjoying the buffet dinner and the cozy atmosphere. DINNER Elvira Bakes is a fun and unusual social dinner. Even if you have no intention to start baking with sourdough, you can certainly enjoy the buffet dinner, entirely based on quality homemade food, traditional as well original recipes, soups, vegetable dishes and dessert. …
Some foods are to their territory what DNA is to a living organism: a bite sums up the spirit, history and identity of the place. The bread of Matera is one of those foods.
I have mentioned in a previous post how I picked up sourdough baking last spring. What defines sourdough baking and makes it critically different to any other cooking specialty is that you don’t just embark on its practice, you rather start a partnership with its material object and its very real sticky substance. It’s not an abstract hobby and it comes with all the responsibility of adopting a living being (mono-cellular as is) that needs to be looked after. You think that buying a yearly subscription to your local gym will feel binding enough to actually have you going to pilates at least a couple of times per week, but knowing that your instructor won’t starve to death if you desert your class will probably entitle you to keep watching tv-series instead. Try ignoring your cat when it’s hungry, on the other hand, and let me know what really gets you off your couch.
I am completely fond of etymology and the way one word or expression can condense centuries of history, stories and anecdotes within a bunch of syllables. Take the Italian expression pane e companatico, for instance. While it is quite easy to work out that ‘pane’ means bread, ‘companatico’ is slightly more challenging to decipher.